This private timber-framed guesthouse is a stone's throw from Seymour Lake and a ten minute drive from downtown Smithers. It has beautiful wood furnishings, a king-sized bed, a fully-stocked kitchen, and is situated on a large forested property.
Perfect for: couples looking to get away from it all; those looking for a home base while taking advantage of the Bulkley Valley's world class hunting and fishing; and travellers looking to experience the Canadian wilderness.
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Important notes: No dogs. No small children. No breakfast provided. No wi-fi. Sorry.
Seymour Lake is a tranquil getaway at the base of Smither's iconic Hudson Bay Mountain - home of our renowned downhill ski area. Our property is on the far side of the lake where the least development has occurred, allowing us (and you) to take full advantage of the calm beautiful natural surroundings. It is a ten minute drive from Smithers and half an hour commute from the local downhill ski area.
Our guesthouse, while near our family's home, has its own private drive and will ensure that you too, can enjoy the lake and the surrounding area. It's a 600 square foot space with modern wood furnishings and kitchen complete with pots, pans and eating/drinking utensils. There are large windows allowing a lots of natural light, particularly in the evening. There is king sized bed and a hideaway couch that contains a double bed. The guesthouse style is an open loft and there are therefore not distinct bedrooms.
The guesthouse is surrounded by a large forested property with many trails to walk should you feel adventurous. During the winter three sets of snowshoes will be provided.
There is also a small gravel beach the guesthouse shares with the main house complete with a small dry sauna and a canoe. During the winter months there is (usually) a community skating oval ploughed by our neighbours on the lake. Sadly, this year the ice conditions have been less than ideal. As a result there is no skating on the lake as of yet (December 24th). Community skating rinks exist in town, however. Feel free to ask about them and we'll tell you where to find them.
Skiing (both cross country and downhill) is a big deal in Smithers. Ask about local conditions and where to rent gear.
If you're less adventurous we have a small library of books and a selection of board games that you can use during your stay.
Guests have access to the full guesthouse and all its amenities, which include: bathroom, washer, dryer, fridge, freezer and kitchen with pots, pans and dinnerware. While the guesthouse is near our family home, it is obscured by trees and a large barn ensuring privacy, with a separate trail down to a small gravel beach which the guesthouse shares with our main home. Guests are free to use our sauna.
While guests are free to wander the extensive backcountry trails on our property, we please ask that they avoid the immediate space around our home and office cabin. We are often busy and, sadly, do not have time to incorporate guests into our day-to-day lives. Furthermore, we ask that you stay out of the several other structures on our property, such as the various sheds and barns.
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We are willing to help you settle in and familiarize yourself with the area. Our family keeps quite busy, so we won't be able to show you around the Bulkley Valley, but if you're looking for suggestions for places to eat, hike, swim or whatever else, we will be more than willing to share our extensive knowledge.
We have two cats, two dogs and three horses on our property. They are incredibly friendly, although the dogs *will* bark every time you come up the driveway. You may also see our young Border Collie/Australian Shepard hanging around the guesthouse hoping you'll throw a tennis ball for him. Be warned: if you do, he will never leave!
We are also in the middle of renovating the lawn around the guesthouse. We are planning on reseeding it soon but until it then, it remains a dirt patch.
The stairs to the loft where the bed is quite steep. It is not suited for people with mobility concerns.
Our driveway is one kilometre of gravel and dirt. While, not an issue if taken slowly, you should be aware that our rural home does have an correspondingly rural driveway. During the winter this gets ploughed semi-regularly but it is by no means an officially maintained road. This means you should go slow and avoid getting sucked into the snow banks on either side.
Please no smoking, heavy drinking, pets or children on our property. We're sorry for being such killjoys but we have our reasons.
We expect you'll treat our space with respect and care. Much of the wood furniture is delicate and we ask that you be gentle and use coasters for your coffee mugs and other such items.
Our bathroom runs on a septic field and therefore it is imperative that you please do not flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet.
Your also welcome to read anything you want in our small library, however please do not take any books with you when you leave. Same goes for the small collection of board games.
Because our gravelled driveway is long and narrow, we also ask that you drive slowly as sometimes another vehicle is coming the other way.
We expect you will use common sense if you decide to walk on our properties forest trails or decide to take a swim from our gravelled beach. Being aware of wild animals, practising bear safety, and being safe on the water are all imperative while you stay at the guesthouse. AGAIN: keep in mind that YOU PARTICIPATE IN ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I am a born-and-bred 'Smithereen' who works as a historical researcher and Assistant Curator at the Bulkley Valley Museum. I love the Valley I live in because of its abundance of outdoor activities . On the weekends I'm often hiking and I can point you in the right direction if you're looking to enjoy the spectacular Bulkley Valley.
My family owns the guesthouse we've listed on AirBnB but I manage it. Feel free to get in touch and ask me some questions about our place and I'll make sure you have a great time visiting the Smithers area.